The Subversive Stitcher in Conversation

Join The Subversive Stitcher, AKA Holly Searle for a lively online discussion about her stitching practice.

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Join The Subversive Stitcher, AKA Holly Searle for a lively online discussion about her stitching practice.

Throughout history, stitching has long been used as a medium for protest and rebellion, taking everyday implements like needle and thread to convey humour, slogans, and poignant messages. Hear how Holly explores the personal and political through her practice and translates her thoughts into funny and thought-provoking textile art. Through the conversation, we will explore how Holly’s career has developed and take a look at some of her previous and ongoing projects including The Subverted Vintage Tea Towel Series.

About the presenter

Holly Searle AKA The Subversive Stitcher is a textile artist whose work focuses on issues prevalent in today’s society. She has been an avid maker since childhood but a chance encounter with a Victorian needlework sampler reignited her creativity. Influenced by the sampler’s maker, inmate Mary Frances Heaton, Holly seeks to use her voice as an artist in the same way, to draw her audience’s attention to matters of social injustice and to empower women. Holly’s work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group shows around the UK.


Upon booking, you will receive an automatic booking confirmation email which includes details on how to access this event. This talk will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams and you will receive a unique access link via email prior to the event. Ticket sales are suspended two hours before the start of the event.

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The talk starts at the time specified above and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

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